Archive for April, 2002

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The Incredible Jimmy Smith

Friday, April 12th, 2002

I’ve become addicted to Jimmy Smith, the king of the Jazz-Funk Hammond B3 organ. I actually found this page of Immortal Hammond Solos, and though there were many, none of the others quite matched Jimmy’s   mastery.

I absolutely love going to the basement, cranking it up, sticking on the headphones and playing along on the drums. Of course, my wife has a different opinion.

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Avoid Premature Optimizations

Friday, April 12th, 2002

Dave Polaschek has another method of displaying refferrers [via PapaScott]. The best part of the article, though, is this quote (my emphasis):

There’s probably a more efficient way I could be doing it than using tail over and over, but the server logs don’t show that heavy of a load from this part of the script, so I’m not worrying about it yet. Avoid Premature Optimizations.

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Expanding Vocabulary

Thursday, April 11th, 2002

Hans tells me that Web Developer is web ontwikkelaar in Flemish

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Loosely Joined

Thursday, April 11th, 2002

This afternoon, David Weinberger was in for a chat. He’s one of the authors of The Cluetrain Manifesto, and has a new book out just this week called Small Pieces Loosely Joined.

It was nice having David visit (as it was having Doc Searls, another Cluetrain author) because some of the things this BlogChat has done is to amplify my own human voice and to increase the two-way nature of the communication I’m able to maintain with my blog’s audience.

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Multiple MySQL queries in one call

Thursday, April 11th, 2002

[Note - this post was written in 2002. Things have changed since then - check your docs]

What the hell good is a sql call that is limited to a single query? I find that PHP’s mysql_query() won’t take multiple statements. Makes for some unnecessarily wordy code. I found a good snippet in PHP.net’s online manual annotations, though…
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Webentwickler

Wednesday, April 10th, 2002

Blogchatting with J|G from Munich, I learn that “web developer” in German is Webentwickler.

Ok, now I’ve gotta go, can’t you see I’ve got webs to entwickle!

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Simple Stored Procedure Emulation with PHP/mySQL

Wednesday, April 10th, 2002

My “third time, automate” rule came in handy again recently. I’m doing all sorts of PHP/mySQL work and I found myself hacking together the same SQL queries over and over with just some different filter or sort order. Being used to stored procedures, I was missing the easier syntax.

Here’s what I came up with….
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let the chat begin!

Sunday, April 7th, 2002

We’re getting the first few BlogChat beta users up to speed. You can see a list of who’s online and not on the right there. If you see someone online, drop in and say Hi.

If you want to get involved in the beta, send us email at beta@blogchat.com. All you’ll have to do is put a blogchat popup link on your page or an embedded iframe like I have. You go to the host page, sign in, and then anyone who visits your web page can chat with you. Takes about 2 minutes to get it going.